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Good News Announcements
Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments and awards earned by our students and staff.
We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.
Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements
Good News: November 14, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang on 11/15/2017 3:25:00 PM
FWHS Scholar Chosen as Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Federal Way High School scholar-athlete, Zach Victor, for being chosen as the CenturyLink / Seahawk Athlete of the Week!
As a three-sport scholar-athlete, Zach is enrolled in the Cambridge Preparatory Honors Program, the National Junior Honor Society, AVID and maintains a 3.9 GPA. He is captain of Federal Way High School’s golf team and is also highly involved in the Federal Way community. As the Century Link / Seahawk athlete of the week, Zach brought a $1,000 grant to Federal Way High School’s athletic department, and was recognized during a Seahawk’s home game.
Efforts such as this are in support of strategic plan Goal Three active learners, engaged, empowered critical thinkers.
Student Leaders Organize Fifth Annual We Scare Hunger Event
For the fifth consecutive year, Federal Way Public School students participated in the October 31 We Scare Hunger event to stamp out hunger in our community.
We would like to recognize the student leaders who helped put on this event:
- Cathy Tran
Our students invited the greater community to attend the event, wear costumes and bring food donations. Once the rally was completed students set out to “trick or treat” for canned food throughout Federal Way neighborhoods. A total of 920 pounds of food was collected, and donated to the Multi Service Center in Federal Way.
Councilmember Lydia Dawson spoke at the event to a crowd, and those in attendance included our very own Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, students, families and community members.
Extracurricular activities are in direct support of strategic plan Goal 3, Active Learners: Engaged, Empowered, Critical Thinkers.
Scholars, we are proud of your leadership!
Twin Lakes' Kindergarten Class Receives Perfect Attendance Twice In A Row
Classes at Twin Lakes Elementary are given a letter for each day of 100 percent attendance, spelling out MARINER after seven days.
Twin Lake’s focus on attendance is tied to the district-wide emphasis on Goal Two of the strategic plan: whole child: thriving, confident, responsible individuals. One measure of success for this goal is student- scholars participating in at least 95 percent of instructional time.
We are happy to announce this is the second time Mrs. Christensen’s kindergarten class has received all the letters for perfect attendance!
We would like to recognize Teacher Michelle Christensen and her class:
Juliet A. Solorio
We would also like to recognize Twin Lakes Elementary principal and teacher leadership:
We are so proud of you — keep up the strong attendance!
TJHS Debate Team Places In Regional Debate Tournament
Congratulations to the Thomas Jefferson High School debate team who recently competed and placed in the regional T.O.H. Karl Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament held at Pacific Lutheran University! There were 30 schools present mainly from Western Washington, but also included a British Columbia school.
We would like to recognize these scholars:
Allen Tugade, 1st place oratory
Grace Scuderi and Erica Dillard, 1st place duo interpretation
Luke Sorenson, 2nd place humorous interpretation
Hakeem Shibly, 2nd place oratory
Carlos Santana, 3rd place dramatic interpretation
Amanda Fowler, 2nd place dramatic interpretation
Jaskaran Deol, 3rd place
Brooke Meadows, 3rd in humorous interpretation
This effort is in direct support of Goal 3 of our Strategic Plan, active learners: engaged, empowered, critical thinkers and Goal four, content area competence: mastery of all subjects.
Congratulations TJ debate team — we are proud of you!
Community Partners Keep FWHS Scholars Warm With Coat Drive
South King Fire & Rescue has been a pivotal partner in keeping our Mirror Lake Elementary students warm. Recently, as part of Operation Warm, they distributed 173 coats to kindergarten and first grade students at Mirror Lake. On coat distribution day, these firefighters brought a fire truck along with Sparky the dog to greet the students.
We would like to recognize the following individuals:
Shannon Oltman, South King Fire & Rescue
- Danny Peterson, South King Fire & Rescue
We would also like to recognize Principal Stephanie McPhail and Carmen Kaler with Mirror Lake Elementary.
This is in support of strategic plan Goal Two the whole child: thriving, confident, responsible individuals.
Thank you, South King Fire & Rescue for your generosity that helps provide support to keep our scholars warm and ready to learn at school!
Good News: October 24, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang on 10/25/2017
Scholars and Educators Organize Second Annual Student-Led Educational Forum
On October 16, Federal Way Public Schools scholars, families, and community attended the second annual student-led educational forum with local political candidates at Federal Way High School.
We would like to acknowledge the scholars and educators who helped lead this event:
- Pam Ashe, English Language Arts Teacher
- Steve Austin, English Language Arts Teacher
- Desiree Vera
- Lechone Eason
- Leonela Robles
- Lizbeth Andaluz
- Monica Roman
- Istahil Yussuf
- Eden Beyene
- Muna Hassan
- Karen Zamora
- Kate Corporal
- Jasmine Pope
- Harnoop Kaur
- Shadrach Lautalo
- Jay Tafa
- Caitlin Nysta
- Tiarra AhDar
- Marley AhDar
- Julio Chavez-Tilei III ]
- Ann Marie Pritchard
- Hana Sijad
- Mariam Sijad
These students fulfilled a number of roles including helping organize the event, asking candidates questions, giving introduction, closing speeches, and keeping time.
One of the goals within our new strategic plan is Goal Three, which speaks to each of our scholars being Active Learners: Engaged, Empowered Critical Thinkers. Student voice and leadership at events like this forum are examples of how we ensure our scholars are engaged in the democratic process and are informed about and participating in the political arena that will shape their futures. We are so proud of our scholars for being engaged in the process!
175 Lake Grove Leopards were "Here Every Day Ready On Time" for the frist month of school
The scholars and staff at Lake Grove Elementary School recently celebrated an exciting achievement. For the first month of school, 175 Lake Grove Leopards had perfect attendance. In celebration of this feat, each HERO scholar (which stands for “Here Every Day Ready On Time”) was awarded a perfect attendance t-shirt. HERO students are entered into drawings for family pizza feasts and a bicycle.
We would like to recognize the following staff and scholars for their efforts to increase attendance:
- Principal Doug Rutherford
- Heather Washington
- Patty Samora
- Rachel Smith-Mosel
- Ramona Berg
- Adrian Avilla
- Julian Davis
- Juliana Ramos
- Sofia Ramos
- Sierra McMullin
- Sam Gud
- Avery Buchan
- Lucas Ralston
- Samuel Rivera
- Angela Martinez Barrios
- Sophia Bolokhovska
- Juwayra Hashi
- Tsenguun Tushigbat
- Jystina Tompkins
- Ashley McMullin
- Kaycie Wulf
- Elijah Wulf
- Gadeer Alkaabi
- Paola Cornejo
- Vanessa Garcia
- Katelyn McMullin
- Gabriel Serafin
- Dmitriy Shablevskiy
The district's focus on attendance is directly tied to the strategic plan, and more specifically, the district-wide emphasis on Goal Two, Whole Child: thriving, confident, responsible individuals. One measure of success for this goal is student-scholars participating in at least 95 percent of instructional time.
Thank you to Lake Grove for making attendance and student success a priority! Keep up the great work.
Good News: October 10, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang on 10/11/2017
Scholars selected for summer internships at Boeing and Microsoft
This summer, Boeing and Microsoft offered internships to select students from local school districts. Opportunities such as these help us meet Goal Five of our strategic plan: Persistence to Graduation — High School Graduation through Successful Transitions.
Elizabeth Min, the Decatur High School scholar who received the competitive Microsoft internship has been selected multiple times before. This internship involved efforts such as:
- Serving as artificial intelligence and research intern on the Bing Maps Geocoding team;
- Integrating systems to create a platform for address query analysis and performance testing; and
- Building and implementing features to support this integration.
We'd also like to recognize the following students selected in 2017 for the Boeing Fabrication High School Internship:
- Milad Heydari — Todd Beamer High School
- Elian Raspa — Federal Way High School
- Marintia Banuelos — Todd Beamer High School
These scholars worked at Boeing during the summer and received hands-on training and factory experience, as well as pay. Students are selected and evaluated primarily on communication, personal discipline, productivity, teamwork, personal ethics, punctuality, interest, and enthusiasm. Once selected, they are assigned mentors in fields such as Chemical Engineering, Business Operations, or Finance. In addition, students that go on to a university are encouraged to apply for college internships at Boeing. Congratulations, scholars. We are so proud of you!
FWPS Scholars excelled in the recent Washington State Fair arts show
Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the arts show and winning awards at the recent Washington State Fair. These scholars demonstrate strengths in academics and the arts, which is in direct support of strategic plan Goal 5: Persistence to Graduation.
For the category of photography:
- First place: Madalyn Rice and Daniel Rodriguez
- Second place: Eveline Pavlyuk and Jazmine Pop
For the category of visual communications:
- Best In Show Digital Art: Hyun Rho
- Patriotic Award: Jamir Jackson
- People’s Choice Digital Art: Harnoop Kaur
- First place Digital Art: Lauren Fernandez, Payton Shilley, Jane Slagle, Alexandra Tangonan, Eden Beyene and Robyn Daniels
- Second Place Illustration: Khady Carvalho
- Second Place Digital Art: Antonio Mattos, Joshua Moreno, and Madilyn Pawlowski
- Third Place Digital Art: Leslie Coronilla, Itzel Hernandez, and Rachel Kimura
For the category of digital photography:
- People's Choice Overall Digital Portrait: Cecilia Parrilla
Congratulations scholars, we are proud of you!
Decatur scholars win awards at the recent Washington State Fair goat show
Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the goat show and winning awards at the recent Washington State Fair. Both of these Decatur High School scholars are part of the Future Farmers of America. These scholars demonstrate strengths in academics and this extracurricular activity, which is in direct support of strategic plan Goal 3: Active Learners: Engaged Empowered, Critical Thinkers.
We would like to recognize Cierra Zak for winning goat exhibitor of the year.
We would also like to recognize Chandra Hurst for receiving the following recognitions:
- Grand Champion fitting and showing for meat goats
- Reserve Grand Champion fitting and showing for dairy goats
- Best of breed for her Toggenburg
Scholars had to clean, groom and prepare the animals for the fair. They had to answer questions about the species they were working with to demonstrate their knowledge, and they had to demonstrate proper handling of their animals.
Congratulations, we are proud of you!
Good News: September 26, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang on 9/27/2017
Community partners support scholars at Park 16 Apartments with Back to School Breakfast
We would like to thank several community partners for hosting a back to school breakfast for student-scholars at Park 16 Apartments on the first day of school! A team of community organizations, businesses, local churches and others partnered with Park 16 to make this event happen. This is in support of strategic plan Goal 2 The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals.
- Pastor Dan Larson, Family Life Community Church
- Cheryl Hurst, Volunteer
- Chaplain Judy Zurilgen
- Yvonne Pack, Comcast
- Lea Dimalanta, Comcast
- Bailey Edwards, Comcast
- Marcus Thomas, and accompanying staff, from Park 16 Apartments
- Shelley Pauls, We Love Our City
- Pastor Joe Bowman, Integrity Life Church
- Misty Little, Costco
While waiting for the bus our young scholars were greeted and provided breakfast, smiles and high fives. They could also take a first day of school photo with their grade numbers. A huge thanks to all who collaborated to make the Back to School-Breakfast on the GO a very fun and positive morning for students as they kicked off a new school year!
Decatur scholar-athlete youngest member to make USA Inline Speed Skating Team
We would like to recognize a Decatur scholar-athlete who was the youngest person to make the USA inline speed skating team and recently competed in the world championships in Nanjing, China, Sept. 3-10.
At the world compeition, Adrion Workman Adrion skated the 1,000-meter race on the track, running the sixteenth fastest time in the heats. He placed twenty-ninth for junior men in the marathon out of the 83 junior men that skated.
We are proud of Adrion for not only his athletic pursuits, but also his focus on academics. This is in alignment with the district strategic plan Goal 3 for all scholars to be engaged, empowered critical thinkers.
Mirror Lake Elementary Back to School Bash a huge success
The Mirror Lake Elementary Back to School Bash led by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church was a big success! St. Luke’s provided backpacks, food, school supplies and haircuts. This is in alignment with the district strategic plan Goal 2 The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident Responsible Individuals.
We would like to recognize the following individuals from St. Luke’s and Mirror Lake Elementary for their support:
- Pastor Dan Weber, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
- Principal Stephanie McPhail, Mirror Lake Elementary
- All volunteers who participated
An estimated 250 families attended the event and were supported with over 300 bags of supplies. This could not have been done without the work of community volunteers and Mirror Lake staff.
This is a great example of what can happen when schools and community groups work together to make good things happen for kids.
Good News: September 12, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang on 9/13/2017
FWPS scholar wins Junior Golden Gloves national boxing championship
We'd like to acknowledge a scholar who won the Junior Golden Gloves national boxing championship belt in his third trip to the big ring.
Nathan Kim began boxing at age eight and has had about 20 amateur fights.
Not only is Nathan a great athlete, he also excels in the classroom as a standout eighth grade student in the International Baccalaureate program at Totem Middle School. This is in alignment wiht the district strategic plan Goal 3 for all scholars to be engaged, empowered critical thinkers.
Keep up the great work, Nathan!
Integrity Life Church hleps FWPS scholars prepare for success at school
We would like to thank our community partner, Integrity Life Church, for its generosity in helping collect school supplies. Integrity Life Church passed out backpacks and fed many people at this year’s free backpack giveaway event.
This is the sixth year the church has undergone this effort to help our scholars get ready for school.
We'd like to recognize the following individuals for their support:
- Pastor Joseph Bowman and family
- Taylonya Gabriel and family
Providing essential school supplies to our families in greatest need results in our scholars being prepared to learn when thy arrive to school every day. This is in support of strategic plan Goal 3 to help each scholar be an engaged, empowered, critical thinker and Goal 4, which strives for each scholar to have equitable opportunity for academic success.
Thank you, Integrity Life Church, for all you do to hlep prepare our scholars for success at school!
Community partners provide over 5,000lbs of school supplies
We would like to thank other community partners for their generosity in helping collect over 5,178 pounds of donated school supplies including backpacks. That’s 578 more pounds than last year and the largest donation amount that’s happened for the Fill the Canoe school supply effort in Federal Way!
This is in support of strategic plan Goal 3 to help each scholar be an engaged, empowered, critical thinker and Goal 4 which strives for each scholar to have equitable opportunity for academic success.
We'd like to recognize the following partners for their support:
- Bridget O’Connor, Red Canoe Credit Union
- Tracy Oster, Communities in Schools of Federal Way
- Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen on behalf of Chief Kevin Crossen, South King Fire & Rescue
- Misty Lara, Grace Church
- David Wilson, Federal Way Public Schools
A big thank you to Federal Way Public School staffer David Wilson for helping with this effort for the last 18 years. David donates his own time to the sorting and distribution of the project, and also has donated many supplies over the years.
Thanks to these partners, and the numerous organizations and individuals who donated their time, money, and/or supplies to make this year’s school supply drive a big success!
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